AdjectivesTo identify an adjective, just check whether the word gives you more information about a noun. Adjectives always relate to nouns (sometimes indirectly - via a pronoun; see pronoun section below), and usually describe them in some way – eg. to denote size/colour/texture/quality/etc. Some examples of adjectives: brown; soft; musical; large; expensive; happy.
In English, adjectives normally appear before the noun they describe (eg. ‘the black
shoes’; ‘a small
table’). In Portuguese however, (as with other European languages) the adjective appears after the noun (eg. ‘os sapatos pretos
’, ‘uma mesa pequena
’). This takes a bit of getting used to, but is actually more logical, especially when using several adjectives in a row, because you know what noun is being described up-front, whereas in English you have to wait for the sentence to finish before you know what is being spoken about.
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